Newcastle Want To Close Knockaert Deal This Weekend


Newcastle seem willing to go higher than the £8M they are reported to have bid for Brighton’s Anthony Knockaert yesterday and seem willing to increase that bid to £10M.

Newcastle have a number of players who are said to be close to signing and manager Rafa Benitez wants to get a few of them over the line before the season starts at Fulham next Friday night.

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Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert

Newcastle want to sign a left-back, central midfielder, striker and winger and it looks like Knockaert is our number one choice for winger.

As we reported yesterday, Seagulls chairman Tony Bloom and manager Chris Hughton do not want to sell any of their best players from last season as they mount another promotion challenge in the coming season.

Knockaert only signed for Brighton in January from Standard Liege on a three and a half year contract,  so Brighton are well positioned to hold out for a higher fee for their French winger.

With the transfer prices having gone up big time this summer and likely to keep increasing, £10M may not be a bad price for a player who has loads of skill and can score goals too.

The other thing Newcastle will be hoping for is that Anthony is keen to join the Rafa revolution going on at Newcastle and join a club that we hope will be going places with Rafa Benitez in charge.

That lure to work with an established world-class manager has worked well with the six signings we have already made this summer.

We hope we can get Anthony to the club within the next 48 hours, but Norwich will not want to sell one of their best players to a club who will also be challenging for a promotion spot in the coming season.

This is what we published back in December, 2011 when Newcastle were thought to be close to signing Knockhaert from Guingamp.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


87 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #1

    Get him signed!

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Nowich? Brighton you mean I think.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 30, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #3

    He looks like he may well be a good choice for this league. Decent enough goals and assists.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4

    i wonder if the lad puts a transfer request in to push thru the deal or if brighton have told him he can leave but to let them ring as much money out of us for both there benefits….more money for the club and a bigger signing on fee for knockaert?

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  • SUTTY1978

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #5

    This signing has Graham Carr written all over it. I know you all like to think that Rafa is some sort of omnipotent empower of recruitment but that’s not the likely reality. Carr has scouted him and probably looked for the same attributes as he did with the previous bunch of failed wingers, Marveax, Cabella & Thauvin.
    Let’s face it Benitez will never have seen this lad play, so the faith you’re putting in him to bring in the right players is somewhat misplaced. the only signing that looks like it’s had full Rafa input is Jesus, he’s Spanish for a kick off and the only one of the players we have bought that falls outside the normal club blueprint. There’s no change in policy over last year other than that one signing.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #6

    jazzy p from previous.
    i think if promoted,2-3yrs down the line the team will be very different to the one that starts against fulham,,that’s the price of relegation…get the best we can now,get promoted and then pick the cream to stay and rebuild with them again for the premier…we will take a loss on some players but we will also have a few that will make the step up tot he premier….this current market isn’t the best to do what we are doing at the minute due to the price of players but.. thats the way it is now, unfortunately.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Springy, he might not want to come. We’ve had a succession of French wingers, only one of which was any good and he got forced to leave. As a player why would you want to move to a club with that kind of previous form?

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  • kilcline

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #8

    This lad is class and is proven in England and will make the step up to the prem.

    Get targett or Henry in at left back
    Get Adams in
    Get a striker in like Sakho

    Forget the championship we will walk the league, we will have a squad capable of being a genuine threat in an ever improving premier league and that is the key.

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  • Wayayman

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Rafa’s influence is Hayden, Ritchie and gayle as well as Gamez surely? Persuading them to drop a level isn’t easy.

    Expat from last thread, don’t worry mate I’m in the passenger seat at the minute. My turn to drive soon.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Springy

    My worry is Rafa has only signed a 3 year contract.
    Hopefully in his first season we win promotion .
    the second will be nothing more than establishing ourselves back in the PL. That only leaves one season to try and win something that Rafa clearly stated he was here for.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #11

    Springy
    I think along the same lines – I think in even shorter time – if we get promoted the team next week will be a lot different to 12 months time. Got to be to stay app and ‘COMPETE’ don’t want to go to games expecting us to get beat.

    Looking forward to going today to see what our ‘NEW’ team looks like

    Also : I can see bringing in at least two players this week.

    and: I have a funny feeling Sissoko will not return to Tyneside unless the TOON have to play his team

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #12

    sutty
    thats a fair enough point,to some players this club may be a bit of a “french players graveyard”.. but i get the feeling a lot of players really like the idea of joining us right now,feels like theres a change of attitude to almost guarantee promotion which will be very attractive to players…we’ll just have to see how it pans out i suppose.

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  • funlovingexpress

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #13

    Forking out £12 million plus on a championship winger is insane when midfielder Allen was recently sold for 13 million

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #14

    jazzy p
    rafa could leave by december if its not going well,or he could sign a new contract once promoted…as it stands its all if and buts,but as long as rafa feels like ashley is investing right and the club is moving the right way at a decent pace,he could stay longer…but we all know managers are never forever,,theres to much money in the game to say that.

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  • Blofal

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #15

    Knockaert is pure class.

    If we sell Thauvin he will be the replacement so if we get 10m for Thauvin and spend it on Knockaert it’s completely fine with me.

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #16

    charlie
    aye,todays match for me should pretty much be the starting line up just about,or at least a good indication of who he prefers anyway…interesting week ahead,the match today then the build up with maybe a signing or two thru in to peak the interest.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #17

    Springy

    That’s my whole point buddy. I am so glad Rafa decided to stay, But at the same time fans act as if he’s the second coming.
    Is he the best we have had since Sir Bobby ??
    Maybe but has proven nothing as yet

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  • Wayayman

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #18

    Also, just thinking about our potential promotion rivals. Isn’t it good business at £10m if we strengthen ourselves at the same time as weakening one of our promotion rivals? Might be worth a lot more down the line!

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  • Moonraker15

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #19

    Guys that are worried about Rafa’s commitment: promotion to the premier would not be something he would particularly want to show on his cv, even though he would gain legendary status with me for having the guts to stay here! No, I’m sure he sees the club as we supporters do, challenging top 6 and better. That would be something special even to him and the only thing that can stop him is Ashley should he stop the spending. I don’t think that can happen now the roller coasters started as it did with KK but this time the finances are right. These are exciting times but just think if Rafa had come in in January we’d still be in the prem building a strong team! Ah well just have to wait a season and maybe have some fun on the way!

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #20

    jazzy p
    i think its the string of dodgy managers that has eaten away at fans confidence came back a little with rafa,he may fail,lets face it,it could happen but the confidence that the fans as a majority actually believe in the manager for the first time in a long time will get blown out of proportion a little…just enjoy it…coz if it goes tits up with rafa in charge with a bit money to spend!…. where do we go from there??

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #21

    jazzy p
    i think its the string of dodgy managers that has eaten away at fans confidence,and that came back a little with rafa,he may fail,lets face it,it could happen but the confidence that the fans have, as a majority,and actually believe in the manager from the start, for the first time in a long time….will help to blow things out of proportion a little…just enjoy it…coz if it goes tits up with rafa in charge with a bit money to spend!…. where do we go from there??

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #22

    made a bollick of 20, just read 21 for a bit more sense people!lol

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  • Jib

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #23

    Sutty
    You claim Rafa hasn’t seen Knockhaert which may well be true.

    However Aitor Karanka his old compadre from Real Madrid certainly has.

    When Boro only needed a draw at home against Brighton last May to guarantee promotion (which they achieved 1 -1)

    AK gave Boro a lot of nail biting moments.

    Rafa’s championship targets and signings all had outstanding games against Boro last season – what a coincidence !!!!!

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #24

    Sutty

    I honestly think Rafa would have left if we were signing players that Carr wanted and he didn’t want. He just wouldn’t stand for it. I think he does have a lot more control and power over Carr and I think he has had a lot of input into the Gayle/Gamez/Ritchie/Hanley signings.

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #25

    Jib there’s no way Rafa hasn’t seen Knockaert or any of the other signings. He’s known for being obsessed with analysis and has his database of apparently over 13,000 players.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 30, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #26

    Ye Gods. Another French winger. We’re not rid of Thauvin yet, and who knows the actual status of Cabella – he might still be on our books. We’ve brought in Ritchie, we have Aarons, and isn’t Saivet a winger by trade? And there’s a promising young lad coming through who’s name I can’t recall. How many bleeding wingers do we need?

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  • G

    Jul 30, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #27

    TOF, unlike the wingers on our books, AK is proven at this level mate.

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  • posada

    Jul 30, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #28

    We haven’t always had a problem with French wingers.
    Robert and Ginola were ok.
    Raffa will be assessing this player. Unlike some of the others he has already played a couple of seasons in England.
    Toe Van and Cabela were just disasters.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 30, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #29

    G – I think you have to say Ritchie is proven at this level
    posada – Ginola and Robert were great when they felt like it, but often underperformers. Particularly Robert
    I feel that the vast majority of Frenchman that we sign are overrated.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 30, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #30

    A personal summary of our French players in recent times:
    Obertan – basically useless
    Cabaye – talented, but a poor attitude, and had plenty of average games
    Debuchy – as above, pretty much
    Sissoko – as above, but worse
    Marveaux – useless
    Yanga M’biwa – useless
    Haidara – a crock (take that any way you want)
    Cabella – useless
    Thauvin – useless
    Saivet- probably useless

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 30, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #31

    The high point for Robert was his five good but not great seasons for us, while often not guaranteed a spot. Ginola was wonderful at PSG and later again at Spurs, and less so for us, but granted he was a genius. Among my favourite Newcastle players, but I’d put neither on a pedestal. Shearer, Beardsley, Gazza on the other hand, even Lee and Speed, now they were footballers of the highest calibre.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 30, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #32

    Any injuries aside, should get a better idea today as to what Beneitez’ final starting 11 should be for next week.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 30, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #33

    Pound for pound in evert sense Yanga Mbiwa is certainly the most useless Frenchman we’ve signed I think. Although should Thauvin be sold he’d have a rival.

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 30, 2016 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #34

    50 million for Stones. 12 million for Knockeart? By all means sell Sissoko in this market if you have to, even Thauvin, but put it all in the bank if you do. This window is a bubble.

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  • funlovingexpress

    Jul 30, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #35

    Overrated Frenchman the majority of British players we sign are overrated.

    We have had the odd success but most have been pretty terrible.

    It isn’t where a player comes from that is the problem. It is who buys and rates them.

    Over the years we have had poor manager after poor manager and a poor scouting network. This inevitably means poor players.

    kante who is French is one of the best central midfielders around. We had Colback who is British.

    I know who I would rather have.

    £12m+ is a ridiculous amount for a clubs outlay on championship midfielders, even if they are wingers when premiership proven central midfielders like Allen are sold for £13 million.

    £6m is what we should be looking at for lower league prospects. We sold Townsend for only 2 million more than we would have to spend on the Brighton winger and he was an England international who had just had a cracking 3 months.

    The likes of Ince and Mendes would do just as good a job, if not better and would be a lot cheaper.

    We have already been stung for squad player Hanley when Dunk would have been cheaper, so lets not make the same mistake in other positions too.

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  • Back Door Man

    Jul 30, 2016 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #36

    TODAYS MATCH.

    This link should work for today’s match (thanks to Jib for posting the link yesterday):

    http://eredivisie-stream.net/live/vitesse-live-stream/channel-1/

    I tested it yesterday evening during an Everton friendly and it worked very well and was HD quality.  At first you are asked if you want to watch the match … hit the cancel button otherwise you get sent to a registration page – I found you don’t need to register to view the game.  You get invited to register elsewhere but I ignored the request and closed the pop-up, then scrolled down to the bottom of the page to view the game.  Initially a small dialog box appears over the viewing window but you can let it time out (a few seconds) or close it and view the match.  Oh, and there was a radio commentary elsewhere on the page for those who just want to listen.

    I hope this helpful.  I hope it works today!

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 30, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #37

    M’Biwa was captain of his side and had won the league before we signed him. He was gaining plaudits as the next good international defender.

    Hindsight is a great thing, but if you can’t attempt to sign a player with those kind of credentials then who are you supposed to look at? It’s easy to pick him apart now, but back then lots were impressed we were after him.

    A crap manager and being played out of position won’t have helped the cause, never mind coming into a different league.

    Acceptance of underperforming players is a must is many ways for me. No manager gets it right. But with the poorer ones, it doesn’t matter as much because the better signings will keep them out anyway.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #38

    Tuff – as of now, I reckon the only sure starter is Lascelles. I can’t see anyone else as a dead-set cert. A few probables for sure, like Anita, Colback, Dummett and Gayle, but would you bet old granny’s eyesight on it?

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  • jimmysmith

    Jul 30, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #39

    Yes, ok, but nonetheless he was exceedingly bad.

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  • Back Door Man

    Jul 30, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #40

    I’ll repost that previous post later for those who missed it.

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